British Prime Minister Theresa May reached an "outline agreement" on Saturday with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party in order to be able to govern after a humiliating election that has left her authority in tatters.
May's office has already said that the senior Cabinet members - Treasury chief Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd - will keep their current jobs, but she is expected to reshuffle the lower ranks of ministers.
Timothy - a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a "toxic" atmosphere at the heart of the government - said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash.
The DUP have not yet confirmed the news of the agreement and said talks were continuing on an agreement. "Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe".
May's Conservative Party lost its parliamentary majority in the election.
The new found friendship with the DUP and its 10 parliamentary seats will reportedly give May "just enough" support to pass legislation, CNBC reported.
Downing Street and the DUP issued separate statements overnight, emphasising that the deal between them had not yet been finalised.More news: Tillerson Urges Nations To End Blockade Against Qatar
She again challenged her leader when she refused to say that Britain should pull out of the European Union single market, as Ms May wants.
Asked about the DUP's stance on LGBTI rights, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said the Conservatives "do not share their views and we do not have to".
Some Tories, including the party's Scottish leader Ruth Davidson, are unhappy about a deal with the DUP because of the party's opposition to gay marriage and abortion.
"I can still be prime minister". While May initially claimed how she was up for Brexit as she wanted to take Britain out of the European Union's single market and customs union and consequently cut immigration.
The spokesman indicated this would not be a formal coalition but a minority government with looser DUP support on a "confidence and supply basis".
The best-selling Sun newspaper said senior members of the party had vowed to get rid of May, but would wait at least six months because they feared a leadership contest could propel the Labour party into power under Jeremy Corbyn, who supports renationalisation of key industries and higher taxes for business and top earners.
"There has been a lot of hyperbole about the DUP since Thursday, a lot of things said, a lot of people who really don't know what we stand for", DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky News on Sunday morning.
"I don't think throwing us into a leadership battle at this moment in time, when we are about to launch into these hard negotiations, would be in the best interests of the country", Evans said.